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News 03/18/2007

Angelina Jolie told a Vietnamese newspaper she feels remorse about making new son Pax Thien the object of media frenzy. "Photographs and press coverage will make him upset. I'm very worried about that," Jolie said in the interview, which was published in Vietnamese. "I would like to say I'm sorry for bringing this into Pax's life."

Cate Blanchett has signed on opposite Harrison Ford for the long-gestating fourth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, per the Hollywood Reporter. The film begins shooting in June and will be released on May 22, 2008.

News 03/15/2007

Angelina Jolie officially took custody of her new three-year-old son, Pax Thien Jolie, Thursday in Vietnam, her rep confirmed to People. The newly united mother and child, along with big brother Maddox, who came along for the ride, are expected to remain in the country for a week while Pax's passport is processed. The boy's name means "Peaceful Sky"...Pax is peace in Latin and Thien is sky in Vietnamese.

Johnny Depp took a break from filming on his current project, Sweeney Todd, in order to tend to his ailing seven-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, who was discharged from the hospital last week after being treated for an undisclosed illness. The actor is planning to focus on paternal, rather than professional matters, until the child is fully recovered.

Kristen Bell has signed on as the title character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a comedy described by the filmmakers as a "romantic disaster movie," per the Hollywood Reporter.

Ocean's Thirteen is scheduled to premiere at the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival in May, screening out of competition, Variety reports.

Don Cheadle is set to star as Miles Davis in an upcoming biopic of the jazz legend, which he will also direct, Variety reports. Meanwhile, Cheadle is being honored as ShoWest's Male Star of the Year on Thursday.

The postal service and Lucasfilm Ltd. are marking the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars by dressing up mailboxes in 200 cities nationwide as R2-D2, as part of a promotion for a new stamp due out on Mar. 28.

News 03/14/2007

Angelina Jolie arrived in Vietnam Wednesday to pick up her new three-year-old son, adoption officials said. The actor is due to attend an adoption ceremony with Vietnamese officials Thursday morning, then meet with U.S. consular officials, who must review the adoption before issuing the child a passport. Assuming all goes well, mother and child could be home in New Orleans by the weekend.

Leonardo DiCaprio's bodyguards were released without charge after being detained by Israeli police Monday following a scuffle with paparazzi. Officials are now ordering photographers involved in the dustup to keep their distance from DiCaprio and his girlfriend, Bar Refaeli, the actor's rep said.

Scarlett Johansson is teaming with Woody Allen for a third film, following up 2005's Match Point and 2006's Scoop, Variety reports. Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are also attached to the project, which is due to start shooting in Spain this summer.

Monster's Ball costars Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton will reunite onscreen for Tulia, about an ACLU lawyer investigating racism and corruption in a small Texas town following a series on drug convictions, Variety reports.

300 is proving a huge hit with Americans, racking up $70 million in its opening weekend, but is causing great offense in Iran, where it is not being released but is circulating on pirated DVDs. Iranians are taking offense with the bloody action film's vicious portrayal of Persians, who are cast as the enemy to the heroic Spartans.

In an attempt to generate interest in its upcoming re-released film, Peaceful Warrior, Universal is partnering with Best Buy to give away $15 million of tickets for the movie's opening weekend, Mar. 30-Apr. 1.

Lucasfilm Ltd., AtomFilms, and Spike TV are joining forces to launch the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge, a contest celebrating fan-made videos and animations. Submissions are currently being accepted through the Website www.starwars.atomfilms.com. Winners will be announced at the Star Wars Celebration IV fan event in Los Angeles May 24-28, as well as revealed online and on Spike TV.

News 03/13/2007

Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael, was released from a New York correctional facility Tuesday, after more than a year and a half behind bars on charges of assault and driving without a license. No word on whether the actor, who has been estranged from her father for some time, has any plan to reconcile. Meanwhile, Lohan purchased two puppies and named them Brooklyn and Dakota, her rep confirmed to CBS's ShowBuzz blog, saying that Lohan "likes dogs." Coincidentally, the actor also has a younger brother named Dakota.

DreamWorks Animation announced that it will begin producing all its films in 3D starting in 2009, in a move hailed by CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg as the "greatest opportunity for movies…in 30 years."

Angelina Jolie's adoption of a three-year-old Vietnamese boy is reportedly moving quickly, meaning the actor may be able to pick up her new son within a few weeks, a top adoption official said Tuesday. The director of the Tam Binh orphanage told the Associated Press that the boy is "in good health" and "a little bit shy."

Israeli police arrested two of Leonardo DiCaprio's bodyguards after they clashed with photographers trying to document the actor's private tour of Jerusalem's Western Wall tunnels with his girlfriend, Bar Refaeli, local paper Haaretz reported.

Sylvester Stallone was charged Tuesday with trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is banned. The Rocky star and his entourage were detained Feb. 16 at Sydney's airport when customs officials discovered the banned substance among his bags. He was later released and allowed to leave Australia, and was not required to appear in court Tuesday. If found guilty on the charges, he could face a maximum fine of $17,000.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office performed an autopsy on Richard Jeni Monday, but the official cause of his death won't be announced for several weeks, officials said. The 49-year-old comic is believed to be the victim of an apparent suicide. With Jeni's autopsy results still pending, the comic's family stated they have no doubt that he took his own life, explaining that he had been diagnosed with severe clinical depression earlier in the year. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jeni's name either to Mental Health America or the American Cancer Society.

Betty Hutton, star of '50s Hollywood musical Annie Get Your Gun, was buried in Palm Springs Tuesday after succumbing to complications of colon cancer Sunday night. She was 86.

News 03/12/2007

The CGI-enhanced gladiator movie 300 topped the weekend box office with an estimated $70 million, the biggest-ever opening for March and the best three-day take since Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opened with $135.6 million last July. The only other movie that opened in wide release, the family drama The Ultimate Gift, came in thirteenth place with an estimated $1.2 million.

Richard Jeni, a standup comedian who was a regular on the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies including The Mask and The Aristocrats, died Saturday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said. Authorities found Jeni still alive, but gravely injured, in his West Hollywood home Saturday morning after responding to a 911 call from his girlfriend. He died of his injuries at a nearby hospital.

Angelina Jolie told Newsweek she does not care about people criticizing her work with refugees as a form of "celebrity tourism," saying she would not continue to travel on behalf of the United Nations if she felt that her presence was a distraction to other aid workers. The actor, who recently returned from visiting a refugee camp near the Darfur region, claims she flies commercial and travels without an entourage on her journeys as a goodwill ambassador.

Rob Morrow, Chad Lowe, and Fisher Stevens were among the skiers in a group that had to be rescued by the Aspen Ski Patrol Saturday after they got lost in snow and fog and wandered out of bounds. The actors were at the mountain participating in the 11th Annual Celebrity Downhill, benefiting the Aspen Youth Experience.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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